Dysport Injections

Dysport Injections Overview

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Dysport injections is the chemical cousin of Botox.  It is another form of botulinum toxin type A (what Botox is) that has the same FDA approval to treat forehead wrinkles and frown lines (also called 11’s) between the eyes.  Dysport has also gone by the name Reloxin, but it was approved for cosmetic use in the United States in 2009.  While it’s newer here, its been used both for cosmetic and medical purposes in Europe and other countries for over 15 years.  Dysport is a great choice for anyone looking to smooth and eliminate the lines and wrinkles that come with age.


Dysport can be used in the same problem areas as Botox.  And just like Botox, it works by binding to and blocking receptors on the muscle so that our brain’s signaling system can’t make the muscle contract.  It blocks the signaling molecule Acetylcholine just like Botox does.  Lastly, it also lasts around 3-4 months, so you will need to come see us again when it wears off.

Dysport injections has become a very popular treatment since it was introduced in the U.S.  It can be used in anyone age 18-65 to help smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles and is a very effective anti-aging treatment.

Often, people are treated with Dysport Injections, but they may refer to it as Botox.  Chances are, just like with Botox, you know someone who’s had Dysport.  It makes them look just as good!  So if you’re considering Botox, Dysport may be an alternative choice for you.  While it is very similar to Botox, Dysport Injections does have some very important differences.

What Makes Dysport injections Different From Botox ?

Before its FDA approval in 2009, Botox owned the market as being the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the U.S.  In 2008 alone, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported there were 2.5 million Botox procedures done in the U.S.!  So it made sense to give consumers more options.  As we discussed above, Dysport is gaining popularity because it does have a few advantages over Botox.  Three things that make Dysport different are:

  1. Dysport can work faster than Botox. Some patients have noticed that they see changes in 1-2 days (some within the first 24 hours!) of their Dysport treatment compared to Botox, which typically takes 2 days to see any effect.
  2. Dysport may last longer than Botox. At Celibre Medical, we have heard from many of our patients that their Dysport outlasts their Botox.  We believe this is because of our unique Dysport dosing.  The FDA recommends that the equivalent of one unit of Botox is 2.5 units of Dysport.  At Celibre Medical, we use 3 units of Dysport for every one of Botox.  This means you effectively get a larger dose of Dysport than you would of Botox.  We think this is why our Dysport patients see longer lasting results.
  3. Dysport diffuses better than Botox. What does this mean?  It means that that Dysport can spread to affect a larger area than Botox can.  So for certain areas, like the forehead or crow’s feet, it can take less to treat than Botox because it goes further.  On the flip side, this could also lead to unwanted side effects if the injector is new to using Dysport.  Only trust your Dysport injections to someone who highly experienced with this drug.

What are the Possible Side Effects of Dysport injections

Just like with Botox, unwanted side effects can happen.  So just like with Botox, it is important to only allow an experienced injector treat you with Dysport.  Here are some of the possible side effects:

  • Diffusion of Dysport that weakens the wrong muscles. This is why injector experience with Dysport is HUGE.  Because Dysport already diffuses more than Botox, knowing exactly where to inject and how much to use is critical to avoid getting ptosis (drooping eyelid).
  • Injection site swelling or localized, temporary numbness. You may experience a slight tingling sensation during injection.
  • Bruising at injection sites. Again, the Dysport doesn’t cause bruising, but injector placement of the needle can help avoid a bruise after treatment.

While these are all rare side effects, if they do happen, they generally last a few days to a week.  Of course, if you ever experience a problem after treatment with Dysport, we encourage you to contact us at any time.  We are always happy to see you and take care of any concerns you may have.

If you’re considering treatment with Dysport, come see us.  Celibre injectors are highly trained and understand the special considerations essential to give you the best possible results with Dysport.  We can discuss your specific needs and concerns to make a treatment plan that’s right for you.

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